Sea Theme, Souvenirs

Basho Revisited, departing autumn

“In this first episode of our new CDHK month I will look at a haiku from Basho’s haibun ‘The Narrow Road to the Far North’. This verse was the last haiku in his haibun.” (Chèvrefeuille)

hamaguri no futami ni wakare yuku aki zo

a clam
torn from its shell
departing autumn

© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Here are my attempts:

New haiku, made of  the same words with different meanings:

in the local shop
girls buy necklaces of clams
before departure

And different words in the same tone:

sitting all alone
an old man at the table
another winter

For Carpe Diem # 503, Basho (1) “departing autumn”


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